How to defeat Mehdi Hasan

After his bombastic performance on Question Time last week and his ill-tempered Twitter exchange with Archbishop Cranmer, it seems there is a way to shut up Mehdi Hasan, the  Senior Editor (Politics) at the New Statesman magazine.

You just need to counter with facts that which he casually denies when he lets ideological fervour over take him.  It was laughable that in my exchange with him on Twitter earlier today he said it was ‘not true’ that Barclays bank sought private money instead of a taxpayer funded bailout during the banking crisis…

Notice how Hasan tries to move the goalposts after his fallacy is exposed?  The fact is it’s true that Barclays took funding from the Middle East – at quite a rate of interest I might add – rather than take money from the government on Gordon Brown’s terms.

But while the banks that took taxpayers’ money should pay it back without delay, it is arguable that as a private company Barclays should alter its bonus arrangements for employees when it has no debt to repay the taxpayer.

As for the indirect benefits of the bailout of other banks, it was not just the banking sector that benefited. So should other private companies that have benefited from the recapitalisation of the banks also stop paying bonuses?  Hasan doesn’t say – but then, he wouldn’t as his attempt at political point scoring doesn’t lead him to think in such depth.  If you read tweets perhaps you might like to…

8 Responses to “How to defeat Mehdi Hasan”


  1. 1 Jim 15/02/2011 at 2:17 pm

    His follow up supposition is not even correct – had the State not intervened in the bank sector and loads of banks had gone under, as one of the few banks still standing Barclays (along with HSBC) would have stood to gain huge amounts of business and deposits.

  2. 2 Bucko 15/02/2011 at 7:16 pm

    Not much of a debator is he. I’m surprised he didn’t scream, FACT!, or refuse to answer you altogether.

    and what Jim said

  3. 3 Mehdi Hasan - What a Hypocrite! 15/02/2011 at 8:49 pm

    Mehdi Hasan is forever talking about tolerance and gives us the the usual buzz words of the left –

    “equality”, “diversity”, “multi-culturalism”, “Islamophobia”

    Now watch this video and watch him give a speech and draw your own conclusions about how genuine this man is :

    “Mehdi Hasan – Non Muslims live like animals”

    Mehdi Hasan : “We know that keeping the moral high-ground is key. Once we lose the moral high-ground we are no different from the rest, of the non-Muslims; from the rest of those human beings who live their lives as animals, bending any rule to fulfil any desire……”

  4. 4 Mehdi Hasan - What a Hypocrite! 15/02/2011 at 8:52 pm

    Harry’s Place also did an article on Hasan and the type of doublkespeak he uses :

    “Mehdi Hasan Part II – Muslims and non Muslims”

    http://hurryupharry.org/2009/07/27/mehdi-hasan-part-ii-muslims-and-non-muslims/

  5. 5 Gareth sutcliffe 15/02/2011 at 9:08 pm

    Strange. I remember at school (I was at school with mr hasan) that I was having an argument with him and five others about the euro. I was against British entry and he and the others were for. I was getting caned in this argument because I coulnt keep up with six oponents. So I kept shifting the goal posts, rather like mehdi here, of my argument to give myself time to think.

    I remeber that mehdi wasthe only one to spot that I was doing it. He obviously decided to keep hold of that tactic for himself.

  6. 6 Alfredo 25/02/2011 at 9:28 pm

    Out of interest, what school did Mehdi Hasan go to?

  7. 7 Autonomous Mind 25/02/2011 at 10:20 pm

    He’s another of those PPE grads from Oxford. Ironically for a spiteful little Muslim zealot he went to Christ Church.

  8. 8 Tommy Judd 13/10/2011 at 7:31 am

    He went to Merchant Taylors’ School – something he keeps quiet although MTS doesn’t – so the usual path of top independent school, Oxford for PPE then success and perpetual moaning about how people are held back by their race and religion.


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